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See below for the list of 2024 winners in the MULTICULTURAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Obreros Unidos: The Roots and Legacy of the Farmworkers Movement
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Jesus Salas

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press

ISBN: 9781976600074

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In Obreros Unidos, labor leader Jesus Salas shares an insider’s look at the farmworkers movement and its work to address violations of minimum wage laws and housing codes and provide services to migrant families. This memoir details the fight for fairness and respect and its lasting impact for Chicano and Latino Americans.

In Order that Justice May Be Done: The Legal Struggle of the Turtle Mountain Band of Pembina Chippewa, 1795-1905
2024 Silver Winner

Author: John M. Shaw

Publisher: North Dakota State University Press

ISBN: 9781946163561

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Tribal lands in tribal hands restrained the pursuit of profit. Historian John M. Shaw untangles culturally and legally contested concepts of land and its uses and ownership, providing a dynamic legal genesis of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and a a crucial analysis of federal policy and Native American resistance.

An Other World: The Fight for Freedom, Joy, and Belonging
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Hanif Fazal

Publisher: Page Two

ISBN: 9781774583319

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In this moving blend of social commentary and memoir, Hanif Fazal offers the leaders of today and tomorrow a tangible, hopeful path forward where joy is the norm rather than struggle, where school and work are inclusive rather than exclusionary, and where Brown and Black relationships lead to a unique experience of freedom.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the MULTICULTURAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Voices of Navajo Mothers and Daughters: Portraits of Beauty
2023 Gold Winner

Author/Photographer: by Kathy Eckles Hooker, photography by David Young-Wolff

Publisher: Soulstice Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7349899-2-2

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In these intimate, revelatory personal histories, Navajo grandmothers, mothers, and daughters in twenty-one families tell their stories. As they are photographed for a series of defining portraits, they open up about how they have been shaped by powerful cultural, natural, and historical forces—and by their love for each other.

The Answers Are There: Building Peace from the Inside Out
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Libby Hoffman

Publisher: Blue Chair Press

ISBN: 979-8-9862030-1-0

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The Answers Are There shows how a nation healed after war and what the world has to learn from it. Weaving powerful stories of transformation—from individual to communal, local to global—Hoffman forges a new architecture of peace, inspiring and equipping readers to build it…from the inside out.

The Magical Closet Mystery: A Puerto Rican Adventure
2023 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: by María Pérez-Gómez, illustrated by Carlos Torres

Publisher: Berry Powell Press

ISBN: 9781957321080

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In this enchanting, middle-grade novel by María Pérez-Gómez, three siblings are transported from their closet in Buffalo, New York to their homeland of Puerto Rico where they must uncover their family’s secret past and save the rainforest from desolation by harnessing the magic that sent them.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the MULTICULTURAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Diversity in Clinical Practice: A Practical & Shame-Free Guide to Reducing Cultural Offenses & Repairing Cross-Cultural Relationships
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDiv

Publisher: PESI Publishing

ISBN: 9781683733881

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Too often, therapists and other helping professionals feel paralyzed by the fear that they don’t know enough about other cultural groups to counsel clients different than themselves. In his debut book, Diversity in Clinical Practice, Lambers Fisher sets out to mitigate these fears by providing a framework for professionals to better understand the experiences of cultural groups with whom they are not personally or professionally familiar.

A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Robert G. Goodby

Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher

ISBN: 9781942155409

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Almost 13,000 years ago, small groups of Paleoindians endured frigid winters on the edge of a river in what would become Keene, New Hampshire. This begins a remarkable story of Native American history and endurance, told with compelling evidence from archaeological excavations and the living traditions of today’s Abenaki people.

The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity
2022 Silver Winner

Authors: Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 978-1-64105-865-0

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"At every stage of the book, for every potential problem, Tyner offers practical, clear strategies for change. An insightful, wide-ranging blueprint for building better, more diverse workplaces." — Kirkus Reviews


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the MULTICULTURAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Every Thread A Story & The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery: Traditional Chinese Artisans of Guizhou Province
2021 Gold Winner

Authors: Karen Elting Brock, Linda Ligon, Wang Jun, and Zeng Li

Publisher: Thrums Books, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7332003-9-4

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Every Thread a Story is a tribute to ethnic minority artisans of China’s Miao and Dong communities. In-person interviews with traditional artisans brings the culture and the traditions alive. A companion volume, The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery, reveals the meaning behind symbols and motifs that have been in use for hundreds of years.

Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities
2021 Silver Winner

Editor: Edward C Valandra (Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla)

Publisher: Living Justice Press

ISBN: 978-1-937141-23-3

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Eighteen authors of color explore how race and colonization affect the practice and direction of restorative justice. These authors reveal how the restorative justice movement can benefit from embracing racial and social justice, including decolonization, as integral to its work and leadership.

Finding Home: Portraits and Memories of Immigrants
2021 Silver Winner

Photographer: Becky Field

Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher

ISBN: 978-1-942155-34-8

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Stories by forty immigrants and refugees, along with portraits by award-winning photographer Becky Field, show the journeys to find a new home in a new land. The stories document the determination to find safety, education, work, and freedom, while Becky’s photographs celebrate the cultural diversity that contributes to our communities.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the MULTICULTURAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Keith Recker

Publisher: Thrums Books

ISBN: 978-1-7335108-5-1

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True Colors presents the work and vision of twenty-six natural dye artists from around the world, opening a window into their culture, their lives, and the power of color.

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The Alchemy of Noise: A Novel
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Lorraine Devon Wilke

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-559-9

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An interracial couple finds their new relationship shattered by an unexpected arrest in a provocative drama that asks if love can bridge the distance between two Americas.

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Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Denise K. Lajimodiere

Publisher: North Dakota State University Press

ISBN: 978-1-946163-10-3

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Stringing Rosaries is an exploration of experiences of Native Americans at boarding schools in the Northern Plains region of the United States from 1921–1986.

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Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Deb Brandon

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-7643-5650-6

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Handmade textiles are personal, no matter where they’re created. These photos and explanations of 25 diverse world cultures’ techniques vividly share the details. Come explore!

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